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Must have farm equipment before you start your farm business

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

What better way to spend your weekends than shopping for new farm equipment?

For the team at Beckside Machinery, we couldn’t think of anything better!

Of course, not the cheapest shopping trip you’ll ever experience, but a vital one if you’re to get your farm venture off the ground.

Must have farm equipment before you start your farm business

In this post, we take a look at some of the must-have pieces of equipment you may need to get you started.

Farm Equipment

Kickstarting with the most obvious, a tractor.

Tractors come in many different shapes and sizes and with a variety of attachments depending on what’s required.  They are typically the largest piece of farming equipment you’ll find and also one of the most versatile.

There are numerous points to consider when choosing the right type of tractor for you.  For example, if choosing a two-wheeled tractor, do you require attachments such as a hay baler, seeder, shaper, etc.?

Then there are the fun pieces of equipment like a farming UTV.  An all-terrain buggy helping you to get around the farm quickly and with ease.

Utility vehicles are not only fun; they’re handy around the farm too.  Saving you a lot of time walking from field to field, hauling harvest or other equipment, and carrying out small jobs as you go.

They can also be used to tow small trailers and can have various attachments fitted to help with hauling felled trees, harvesting, mowing, spraying, helping to set fence posts, dig foundations, shovel snow, etc.

Farming UTVs are incredibly practical and versatile pieces of equipment.  They’re also less of an investment than a tractor and, in some cases, just as adequate. 

In our eyes, UTVs are perfect to have on small farms.

Compact tractors can provide another alternative to big pieces of equipment as some makes and models can now come with front and rear loader buckets, manure spreaders, etc.

Helping to carry out the heavy work, haul supplies, as well as get across farmland quickly and easily.

Trucks and wagons will always be found on farms as they help to make long trips, pull trailers, move hay, etc.  Trucks can be especially essential for hauling various items and other pieces of farm equipment to and from the farm.

Soil cultivators are another piece of equipment that you will absolutely find on farms.  Ploughs are a great example of this type of machinery.  However, as soil varies across different land, renting the right piece of equipment may be the most cost-effective option for you in this instance.

From here, planting machinery may be required to help with seeding.  Using these pieces of machinery as seed sprayers.

Now, you won’t be able to water farm fields with your average-sized hosepipe, so investing in irrigation machines can be vital.  Helping to water as well as drain fields as and when you need it.

Some small farm equipment items can include mowers and sprayers, helping to keep up with maintenance regimes, helping to keep on top of lawns and pastures, making light work of large areas, maintaining hedges and shrubs, keeping nettles at bay, and more!

There is also a range, and we mean a vast array of power tools, hand tools, garden tools, fencing tools, and more, which will be required to carry out everyday jobs around the farm.

Everything from a brush and a bucket to a hedge trimmer and a hoe.

Things to check out before you buy

When you start your shopping for farm equipment, it’s important to:

  • Check the health and safety of the equipment, i.e., equipment should be (CE kite marked and meet all essential safety standards).

  • Choose the right agricultural supplier for you – check out their prices, area they supply to and are based, their specialism, delivery schedule, and timescales, customer reviews, quality of products, etc.

Ultimately, you have to have a clear understanding of what type of farming you’ll be doing, and from here, you then need to begin to formulate a plan as to what equipment will be most suitable to help you carry out some of the everyday tasks.

At Beckside Machinery, we know a thing or two about farming equipment and have some of the best UTVs for sale in Yorkshire.

With a team of experienced professionals available to answer any of your questions, give us a call on 01673 828965 or click here and see how we can help you with the equipment you need to get your farming venture up and running in no time.

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